The Edo State Command of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other related issues NAPTIP have captured and charged 28-year-old Vivian Francis presented above for baiting her three siblings from Cross River State to Benin city for prostitution.
An announcement discharged by the zonal leader of NAPTIP, Mrs Ijeoma Uduak, said Vivian baited the victims in question, aged 15, 17 and 18, to Benin city on the affection that she would assist them with making sure about employments. As indicated by Uduak, Vivian was captured at a hotel during the COVID-19 lockdown and has admitted to the wrongdoing which is punishable under Section 13 of the NAPTIP Act.
Uduak said Vivian has been summoned before Justice Isoken Erameh of the State High Court 3, Criminal Division, where she confessed and was sentenced to one-year detainment or an alternative of N125,000 fine as a first time offender.
“We clamped down on the convict during the COVID-19 lockdown at a popular hotel in Benin. She confessed to going to Cross River State to bring the three girls, who were aged 15, 17, and 18. She told them that she had secured pub attendant jobs for them, but when they got to Benin, she started using them for prostitution and collecting the proceeds.
She was arrested and charged for violating Section 13 of the NAPTIP Act. She pleaded guilty and was convicted and sentenced to one-year imprisonment with an option of N125,000 fine.” the statement read.
Uduak included that the victims had been brought together with their family in Cross River State.
When investigated, Vivian said she regrets her activities.